[Video] How to: Install Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device



Apart from a completely overhauled operating system, in fact it is a new OS, Microsoft does also want to solve another problem their mobile operating system does currently have. Windows Phone is said to have problems getting a higher marketshare because the app store does not really include all important apps out their. Well this could be true not, however what matters is that with Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft has also introduced Project Astoria aside of the well known Project Spartan which is now Microsoft Edge.


To give you an idea what Microsoft is doing with this ‘Project Astoria’, I will try to explain it. Actually it is pretty simple, Microsoft thinks that because their mobile operating system does have such a low marketshare developers think it is not worth to release apps for the OS and that does have the effect that the marketshare is growing but slowly, so this is a kind of a vicious circle. The solution to this? Microsoft wants to make it more attractive and easier for developers to import currently existing apps from Android and iOS.
Unfortunately I am not a developer so I do not have the know how to prove this wrong or right but thanks to Project Astoria it is possible in Windows 10 Mobile to sideload Android Apps and use them just like Windows Apps. There are still a few problems, if you want to try Snapchat for example, forget it because it will ask for Google Services and they are obviously not available on your Windows 10 Mobile, this would be the part where the developer has to use Project Astoria. Also some games which are checking for updates on the start up will not work because the will not be able to download them but apart from this, notifications are working and it is very helpful for local apps which are only existing for Android or iOS.


Sideloading Android apps on a Windows 10 Mobile device is done with a few easy steps. At the bottom of the article there is embed a video where you can see how tow download .apk files and sideload them on your device, you can also follow the steps below In order to do this:

  1. Preparation on the Phone
    First of all we have to enable the developer mode on your phone and allow pairing. In order to do this you can open the Settings on your device and go to –> Update & security –> For developers –> check ‘Developer mode’ and turn on Device discovery.


  2. Download APK Deployment Tool
    For the next step you will have to switch over to your PC where you can download the APK Deployment Tool from Mediafire or you can head over to the source website WinPhoneViet for further details and the developer of this tool.

  3. Installation
    Once you have downloaded the Tool extract the archive which should bring you various folders and files. Two setups need to be installed ‘IpOverUsbInstaller’ and a setup called ‘vcredist_x86’. Once you have installed both of them, double click on ‘APKDeployment’ which will start the tool.

  4. Pair your Phone
    Once you have started the APK Deployment Tool you will have to pair your phone with the tool and this can be done by connecting it to the PC. Afterwards you will have to open the settings once again on your phone and go the the same directory as before. If you click on pair now you get a key which you have to enter at the top left in the tool on your PC where it says ‘Key to pair’. Afterwards click done on your phone and ‘Pair’ in the tool.


  5. Getting .apk’s
    Next off you will of course need some .apk’s to deploy/install them on your Windows Mobile device. Therefore you can head over to the Google Play Store copy the link of the app you want to download and then head over to this APK Downloader where you have to paste the link to download this .apk file. There are tons of these APK Downloaders all over the web, just search with Bing to find them.

  6. Deploy APK’s
    Last but not least you have to deploy your downloaded .apk files and therefor you can simply drag and drop them inside the tool and click on deploy all, wait until it is finished and you can try your installed Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.



These steps aren’t clear enough for you, no problem have a look at the embed video belwo and let me know if deploying Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device is working for you or if you are experiencing any problems. Stay tuned for more information on Windows 10 and new Insider Preview Builds for Windows 10 Mobile.


Source: WinPhoneViet

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  1. Rayan Rogan says

    When i am IpOverUsbInstaller.msi it come message like below .. Help up

  2. Jenn says

    Im getting error code =9 any ideas?

  3. Rogers Sek says

    I tried to pair my phone but everytime I do that, this message comes out. Please help!!!

    1. Junaid Ahmed says

      Got the same error? where are developers? no reply from their side

  4. Sourav Pal says

    The Ipoverusbinstaller isn’t being installed in windows 7 pc. does it only supported by windows 10?

  5. Mateusz Obara says

    What means error code 8?

  6. Saddam Brohi says

    i hane Error 1 what stands for…………..?????

  7. Anshaal Khanna says

    lumia 540 shows error 14. need some help

  8. Prudhvikrishna Bellamkonda says

    am also getting error 14…..how can I solve it

  9. apk man says

    i found alot of Tutorials in internet to Install Android apps on apple but with Windows 10 Mobile device realy i cant see uptill now in the past i use site apkappdownloads as resorce for apk downloader
    you got a nice blog post.Really thank you! Really Great.”

  10. Moniruzzaman Monir says

    show error 14 with my lumia 920

  11. Yuen Mickey says

    Error 14……..What is this!? How can I solve it ?

  12. adem daradour says

    plz help!!!!

  13. adem daradour says

    “impossible de démarrer le programme car il manque api-ms-win-core-l1-1-0.dll sur votre ordinateur…”

  14. Keith Gallagher says

    Getting error = 8 bootstraping error

  15. Feilen says

    can you do this with windows 7 computer?

  16. Wesley Newman says

    Error code 14. What is it

  17. Bosa Noha says

    I have some problems with it .. every time i try to pair this window shows up .. Dont know what to do — PLEASE HELP ME 🙁 !!

    1. Barney Stinson says

      project astoria was dropped by microsoft so it is no longer possible to install android apps on WP

    2. jeb parillo says

      this means u don’t have enough ram

  18. cobbi brown says

    am also getting error 14..an expert should come to my aid please

  19. Goos says

    Hi ,

    I got the same code on my lumia 930 , how can we fix this

    Goos Mante

    1. Goos says

      Same here problem booting the astoria platform on the windows device. error code = 14

  20. Tobias Qaid Clement says

    aaaaaaaaaaaand bricked not really lol

  21. gurunagsai says

    i m getting error no 14
    what to do

  22. bharat says

    Hello sir I am new subscriber to your YouTube channel i m working with your idea bur up overusdinstaller r not installing it shows “error 4154 check for sufficient privilege” how to solve this error.please help me ….. My computer has 1gb ram ;and Sempron Prosser;English language w7.

  23. JUNAID says

    does not pair with my lumia 720…the concept is awesome guys but please help me out asap

  24. [email protected] says

    it is not supported on my lumia 1320 please help me plzzzzzzzzzzzz

  25. ahmar says

    will this work on nokia lumia 520 on wp tp10

  26. ahmar says

    failed code = 14

  27. Anshul says

    Ip over usb not installed
    It says”ipoverusbsvc faield to start”

  28. antoni says

    Error connecting to the device. Error code 9

  29. antoni says

    I have error code 9.

  30. mukeem says

    i show there was a problem booting the astoria platform on the windows device. error code = 14

    1. Lukas says

      I have the same problem

      1. keshav says

        same problem here

    2. Zenvis says

      same problem here. made a thorough research on the project astoria it turns out its only available on build 10166. windows have disactivated project astoria on upcoming build because its still working on its improvement and doesnt want the news of windows running android flooding around till its perfect. so if u really want to try this out, u should make sure the windows mobile technical preview build you have is 10166

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